A computer is locked when CCM is performing actions on the computer. Locking the computer ensures that only one administrator can manage a computer at one time.
The occasions when CCM locks a computer are:
When Pre-OS Agent and Windows Agent actions are being executed
During the configuration of a computer using the CCM Command Center
When CCM Windows Agent actions are paused
When a CCM computer session is cancelled
If you try to perform an action on a computer while another is writing to the configuration file, an alert appears asking if you want to force an unlock.
Unlocking a computer should be done only if you are sure that the lock is faulty. For example, a computer that was turned off during a CCM action would need to be unlocked.
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